Craft of Preaching

Sermon Development

Tips for effective proclamation, from advance prep work to gathering feedback.

Preaching to Grads

Graduate Recognition Sunday.

Just the mention is enough to give you THE SHIVERS,[1] isn’t it?

Not for every church, and not for every grad. It’s

We Need to Talk

Dear Preachers,

We need to talk. And by “we,” -- I mean, you and me.

For far too long, we (and by we, I mean you and me) have been diminishing

Preaching + Trauma

[This article is co-authored by Jessica Davis.]

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and Ze delivered them from their distress; Ze brought them

Preaching Acts in Easter (Year B)

As reliable as lilies, bonnets, and chocolate bunnies, every year the Acts of the Apostles shows up during the Easter season. While some preachers reach

When Safe Spaces Become Toxic Places (Part 2 of 2)

“For those of us preachers who are viewed as aberrations or abominations, there are certain stories whose edges dig sharply into our souls. It is

Preaching + Care for Caregivers

“Be still and know that I am God!” -- Psalm 46:10

Caregiving is a labor of love. Whether for a family member who is ill, an elderly relative

A Preacher’s Case for Safe Space

“Definition of safe space: a place (as on a college campus) intended to be free of bias, conflict, criticism, or potentially threatening

Preaching Beyond Words

I find the central task of preaching and mothering to be the same -- to share God’s love. As a preacher I hope the words I preach inspire the hearers

The Call to “I AM”: A Five-Part Lenten Series

Working Preacher’s Lenten Series this year focuses on the “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John for the sake of intentional reflection

Nevertheless She Preached

When the news broke that my Baptist seminary would be hosting a lecture by a religious leader known for his opposition to women in ministry, I chose not

New Year's Resolutions for Preachers

Twelve resolutions for preachers, in no particular order:

  1. Show your work
    Try doing a little exegetical show and tell. During a sermon, bring your Bible

Blessings Precede You

In my last Working Preacher article, “How to Preach the News without Drowning,” I encouraged preachers to take a few minutes’ reflection

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 2 of 2)

In the first article of this two-part series, the author discussed the apocalyptic tenor of the Gospel according to Mark and urged preachers to preach Mark

Preaching Mark in Times of Strife (Part 1 of 2)

Just in time. The Gospel according to Mark is about to arrive.

Perhaps, like me, you’re wondering how Mark will sound in the upcoming lectionary

How to Preach the News without Drowning

“Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household ... This